Manu Bennett, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Manu Bennett among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, Manu Bennett is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the actor's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 16/10/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Bennett for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 50-year-old actor, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Bennett so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the actor have already been named ‘New Zealander Of The Year’ by some major newspapers and even ‘Rotorua Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Rotorua (Manu Bennett's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the actor was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“#BennettPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 15 Oct 2019
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveManu”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 15 Oct 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Manu Bennett?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 15 Oct 2019

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Manu Bennett?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2019 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?

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